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July 18, 2014

Time Management The Good Leadership Quality You Need

Good leadership qualities such as time management skills could give you a boost in finding a career of your dreams.

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Are you:
  •   A person who enjoys interacting and building social networks; but has difficulty managing interruptions (like FB updates, instant messages and email)
  •   A perfectionist, where if you aren't able to do things perfectly you tend to avoid them all together? 
  •  A naturally busy person who enjoys using your project management skills to juggle multiple things at once; but seldom complete those tasks on time?  

If this describes you, keep reading…

Time Management, Most of us need to get better at it.

Time Management is #3 of our Top 10 Transferable Skills, it is one of many good leadership qualities and is universally desired by employers.

We have all thought at some point "If only there were more hours in the day".  Then you could get all of your tasks and projects done and not feel exhausted before the next day even starts.

If you want to be more productive and less stressed overall , improving your time management skills should be a priority.  

Start By Changing Your Habits And Behaviors.

Brian Tracy (Time Management & Productivity Guru) says it best when he says:

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Eliminating behaviors such as the ones found here, 29 Ways You’re Wasting Time Today; can help you become more mindful of your time management mistakes.

Once you are aware of what you are doing to sabotage your success, you can start adding in strategies to set you in the right direction.

Here Are 5 Strategies That Build Better Time Management Habits
Time management is a skill that is distinct for each individual. You just have to discover what works best for you. Aside from eliminating poor time management behaviors, here are a few simple strategies that will improve your productivity.

          1. Prioritize Tasks: Before the beginning of the day, make a list of jobs that need your immediate consideration as unimportant jobs can use up much of your valuable time. Then tackle the biggest and baddest of the tasks first! That way everything else is a piece of cake ;)

2. Stick To What’s At Hand: Try and establish a deadline before the job so you could finish all those jobs that will get in the way. Reward yourself for matching with a challenge that is difficult.

3. Take Small Breaks: Whenever you locate yourself for 10-15 minutes, take a rest. Too much pressure can take toll in your body and change your productivity.

4. Learn to say No: Refuse to accept additional jobs if you believe you are already overloaded with work. Look at your 'To Do' list before consenting to take on additional work. 

5. Take Action: Procrastination is among the matters that affect the productivity. It can result is squandering energy and critical time. It needs to be prevented at any cost. It could be a significant issue in both your private life and your profession. 

Sometimes You Need Professional Help
      If you feel you've been holding your self back by procrastinating on  important tasks (Ahem...like working on improving your time management) or lacking the motivation to get things done right away, you may need to take a guided approach to learning great time management. 

Upgrade Your Time Management Skills With Brian Tracy's “Eat That Frog!

I know "Eat That Frog" sounds pretty strange if you are not familiar with Brian Tracy, but his 21 ways to beat procrastination have been proven to help individuals double their productivity and become indispensable to their employers.

When you understand the "Eat That Frog" metaphor and his process for improving time management....you will see how easy it is to become master of your day! 

I hope you enjoyed this post on boosting your productivity through better organizational and time management skills. 

If you've got any other procrastination busting suggestions, please don't hesitate to share them below!

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